Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Review, Blitz & Giveaway: Block & Tackle by Elise Faber, Kristin Vayden, Stephanie Fournet

It. Is. Out. 
Your next favorite book was released this week!

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Offsides by Elise Faber

Job title:
Executive Assistant for CEO of Prestige Media Group

Job description:
(1) Deal with a massive amount of emails.
(2) Schedule conference calls and meetings with top athletes and other hugely important people.
(3) Pick up dry cleaning and food, consult on tie selection, make dinner reservations, and book flights . . . basically act as a wife-on-steroids.
(4) THE IMPORTANT ONE: Do not, under any circumstances, fall in love with Devon Scott—demanding boss, former NHL player, and all-around gorgeous specimen of the male persuasion.

Job performance:
Absolutely failing at number four.

Off Guard by Stephanie Fournet

Life couldn’t be better for Charlie Woodruff.

After a year of holding out, she’s finally landed the job she’s always wanted in the city of her dreams. An apartment she can afford and new friends at work make the transition easy.
When she meets a gorgeous stranger who makes her laugh and steals her breath, it seems like the icing on the cake...

Until Charlie discovers he’s a client.

Hutch Barlow — newly drafted wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders — looks like an avenging angel, hangs on her every word, and is completely off-limits. The trouble is he also refuses to take “no” for an answer.

And if she’s being honest, Charlie doesn’t want him to.

But seeing him means she could lose everything — including her heart.

Off Limits by Kristin Vayden

Everything about Ava screams off limits.
To want her is to invite disaster.
To pursue her is to risk my job.
To kiss her might cost me my best friend.
But all those risks seem small in light of the first problem.
She hates me.

To her I’m a sell out, choosing to advance my career rather than protect my biggest client.
Her brother.
And my best friend.
She hasn’t spoken to me in over a year, but that ends now.
Because I’m done with holding back.
To hell with the consequences.
Wish me luck . . .


I've never been a big fan of anthologies. I just usually don't enjoy short stories. The worst thing in the world is to get so invested in a story just for it to end abruptly. One of my all-time favorite authors asked me to read an anthology last year and I couldn't turn it down ... and it wasn't bad!! It was awesome! So when I saw that Stephanie Fournet was also doing the anthology thing, I jumped on it. And in no way was I disappointed. Quite the opposite. I found two new authors that I love! I'm just going to touch on each little novella very briefly. I don't want to ruin any of the magic that you'll find within these pages. 

Offsides by Elise Faber:
O. M. G. (First of all, I'm in my mid-thirties. It takes a lot to use those three letters because I'm pretty sure I'm 20 years too old for them. But it was warranted.) The beginning of this novella ... perfection. I just basically fell in love with the entire anthology with just the first few pages of Offsides. The characters, Becca and Devon, couldn't have been more perfect together and just as characters in general. Elise Faber wrote this in such a way that I got all tingly and had some heart clenching moments. For an author to be able to create those types of feelings within a reader is fantastic and not very common. Sure, you'll feel happy or sad for something going on within the novel that you're reading but to bring out something deeper ... it just doesn't happen often. The entire story was like this. It was gripping and sweet and flirty and nothing less than perfect. I figured that this would for sure be the best of the three in this anthology.

Off Guard by Stephanie Fournet:
The first one was the best of the three? Negative. This one was just as good! I love Fournet and I knew that this would be great but I didn't think that it would be THIS good. I won't lie, in the beginning, I didn't think that I would relate to the main character, Charlie. She's this health nut, squared. She ate something that was like 100 calories and flipped her shit. Dude. I'm excited if I don't eat more than two fun-sized KitKats a day. I'm an emotional eater and I frequently eat my feelings. You can see the difference between Charlie and I. But you know what? Even with those differences, I really dug Charlie. The story that Fournet created around Charlie and Hutch was sweet and endearing and taboo!! Love the taboo relationships. And geez ... was this my favorite of the three? I don't know at this point. They are both so amazing at this point. But I do want a Hutch. This dude ... he's great at the chase. You know what I'm talking about. You push a guy away because you think that you should but deep down, you really don't want to and deep down, he knows that. So he doesn't give up. He's just one of those characters that make you just melt. Great novella. But I need more Hutch. Way more. 

Off Limits by Kristin Vayden:
Those first two were my favorites? Negative. This was gooood. So good. I can't choose my favorite at this point. I really liked Ava and Markus. Ava is spunky and fiercely protective of her twin brother. Once again, (not in a bad way) we're thrust into a story of semi-taboo love. It's especially awesome when one of the two in this no-no love story doesn't realize that they are actually a part of it. I think that is one of my favorite things about this. Like both of the other two stories, this one moved along at a great clip and I found myself not wanting to put it down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. And the chemistry between these two!! You can't hope for much more than what Vayden has given us within these pages. Gosh, another new author and I'll read anything and everything that she puts out, just like the other two. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review * 


Aside from writing romance, Elise’s passions are chocolate, Star Wars, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team — the Sharks! — are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise is the mom to two exuberant boys and is thoroughly addicted to Dancing With the Stars. Connect with her on facebook (, twitter (@faberelise), instagram (@elisefaber) or

Stephanie Fournet, author of five novels including Leave a Mark and You First, lives in Lafayette, Louisiana — not far from the Saint Streets where her novels are set. She shares her home with her husband John and their needy dogs Gladys and Mabel, and sometimes their daughter Hannah even comes home from college to visit them. When she isn’t writing romance novels, Stephanie is usually helping students get into college or running.  She loves hearing from fans, so look for her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and

Kristin’s inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! Life is full — of blessings and adventure! Needless to say she’s a big fan of coffee and wine… and living in Washington she’s within walking distance of both! Follow her on Facebook ( And Instagram @kristinkatjoyce and Twitter @KristinVayden!

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